Last week confirms that Merton borough is a great place to set up in business. Merton Council, working with Merton Chamber of Commerce, has just been awarded the accolade of best programme of support for small businesses from London Councils and the Federation of Small Businesses and on 18th November over 20 start-up businesses received certificates of achievement at a celebration event.

The event took place at the Holiday Inn Express in Colliers Wood and was part of Merton Chamber of Commerce’s events in support of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Kevan Dunne, Merton Chamber of Commerce Business Adviser says, ‘We are proud to be part of Global Entrepreneurship week 2015, to celebrate and support small businesses that form the backbone of the local economy and job creation.’

The Merton Business Support Service has been running for two years and is financially supported by the London Borough of Merton and delivered by Merton Chamber of Commerce. In those two years 1100 enquiries have been handled by the Helpdesk and over 170 business start ups supported, creating nearly 400 jobs.

Businesses speaking at the event included Thom Kirby, hairdresser in Wimbledon Park, Melina Hamilton, ballroom dance tutor, who gave a live performance and said that the event was a ‘very friendly and supportive environment’, Yannick Fansi who has set up a mail order handbag business and Joe Quinn, who has set up a window cleaning business in Mitcham.

Stephen Alambritis, Leader of Merton Council presented the certificates of achievement to the businesses attending and said, ‘Start up businesses here tonight show that entrepreneurship in Merton is live and kicking, with many different types of businesses being set up by all sectors of our community across our wonderful borough’.

 

Abebe Bekela Iticha and Stephen Alambritis (2)

Pictured: Stephen Alambritis, Leader of Merton Council and business owner Abebe Bekela Iticha London Ballroom Studio dancing (2)

Pictured: Melina Hamilton, ballroom dance tutor 

 

About Merton Business Support Service

The Merton Business Support Service is financially supported by the London Borough of Merton and is an advisory service providing high quality, practical advice and support to help small businesses and start ups develop and expand. The service is delivered by the Merton Chamber of Commerce and a network of some of London’s leading private sector business advisory and support firms. The business helpdesk is the first point of contact and your gateway to business services.

For further information please contact Merton Chamber of Commerce on 020 8944 5501 or Merton Council on 020 8274 4901

About Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.

In the UK, the campaign is co-hosted by Youth Business International and three of YBI’s member organisations: Startup Direct, UnLtd and Virgin Startup; all four